Hosting a BBQ is a great way to get together with family, friends and colleagues. But if you’ve never hosted one before, it can be a little daunting. You may be looking at top Bonsai selections for your patio, your invite list or the food and drink requirements. In this article, we’ll provide some useful tips for planning and hosting the perfect BBQ.
Buy Your Supplies Online
If you do this rather than going to physical shops, it could be the best way to save time and money. You can find easy-to-use shopping lists for barbecues online to help you get everything you need. Not only is internet shopping easier than trekking from store to store, but you’ll often find better deals this way.
It won’t be just food and drinks that you’ll be needing. It’s possible to buy charcoal online and to compare the products, weights and prices before you do. You can get things like char-logs charcoal and natural oak briquets, and access free shipping or local pickup, subject to a minimum purchase.
Plan The Food And Drinks
For the food, you’ll want a variety of bread, meats, and vegetables. If you’re serving alcohol, make sure to have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks as well. In terms of puddings, there are lots of great BBQ dessert recipes that are perfect for summer parties. Be sure to send your invites early. This will give your guests enough time to rsvp and let you know if they have any dietary requirements.
Try to prepare some of the food ahead of time, to help reduce the stress on the day of the party. You can preheat the grill, cook the meat, and chop up the vegetables. That way all you’ll have to do on party day is put everything together. Make sure to have plenty of napkins, plates, and utensils on hand. And finally, have a designated grill master who can ensure that the food doesn’t burn. Don’t be afraid to delegate – there may be others who’d love to bring a pudding or to oversee the grill.
Be Wise Over The Cooking
It’s important to think about the cooking methods you’ll be using. Some foods can be cooked on the grill, while others need to be cooked in the oven or microwave first. Make sure that all of your food is fully cooked before serving.
Use proper food handling techniques when preparing and cooking your food. Wash your hands thoroughly, and keep everything clean. Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat and poultry separate from other foods. Cook meats fully through and don’t let them sit at room temperature for too long.
Think About Light, Heat And Decorations
If you’re having an evening party, have plenty of outdoor lights on hand. You might want to consider using LED lights – they give off a softer light than traditional bulbs (and use less energy). In terms of heat, you’ll want to make sure that your guests are comfortable outside. If it’s a cool day or night, have some outdoor heating available. A fire pit or patio heater could make all the difference.
Don’t forget about decorations too, because streamers, balloons and banners can really set the mood for a party.
Think About Music
It may be that you’ll want to have some tunes playing in the background to set the mood. If you’re handy with a smartphone, you can use an app like Spotify or Apple Music to create a custom playlist for your party. Ask yourself: What kind of music do you want to play? Do you want a mix of old and new songs, or just one genre? You’ll also need to decide on the volume. Some people prefer to have music playing softly in the background, while others like it loud enough so that they can dance.
If you’re planning on having a lot of people over, you may want to invest in some outdoor speakers. This way, everyone can hear the music no matter where they are in your backyard. Just be sure to place the speakers somewhere where they won’t get wet if it rains. Be considerate of your neighbors, and if you can, invite them too!
Think About Seating
You’ll need enough space for people to eat and socialize. If you have a large backyard, you may be able to set up tables and chairs. However, if your space is limited, consider using picnic blankets or towels to create makeshift seating.
Bad weather can ruin any outdoor party, so make sure you have a backup plan in case of rain or wind. This may include setting up tents, using an awning or gazebo or creating some other covered seating area (which can also provide shade on sunny days). If you’re expecting rain etc., let your guests know so they can dress appropriately. It may be that everyone will need to suddenly pile into your home and find a place to sit there – so be prepared!
Keep The Kids Entertained
If you’re inviting people of all ages, it’s vital that no one feels left out – especially the children. There are lots of fun activities that they can participate in, both indoors and outdoors. Here are some ideas:
- Have a coloring contest. Provide crayons or markers and paper for the children to use.
- Play games such as tag, hide and seek, or freeze tag.
- Make arts and crafts projects together. You can find all sorts of easy tutorials online.
- Go on a nature hike. Look for things like trees, flowers, insects, and birds.
- Plan outdoor sports games such as Frisbee, mini-golf or water balloon tosses.
- Have a picnic dinner area for the kids.
As you can see there are lots of different ingredients that go into making the perfect BBQ. If you plan wisely and do your research, it will all pay off on the day. Be sure to get plenty of help before, during and after the event. This way it will be an occasion that you can enjoy as well as all of your guests.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.